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Re: Debian Policy released

Adam Borowski <kilobyte@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Sat, Apr 07, 2018 at 10:40:42AM +0200, Ole Streicher wrote:
>> Ben Finney <bignose@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> > Sean Whitton <spwhitton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> >> 4.9
>> >>     The ``get-orig-source`` rules target has been removed.  Packages
>> >>     should use ``debian/watch`` and uscan instead.
>> >
>> > Especially for this, my ‘debian/rules’ files thank you.
>> I have some packages where the version is not encoded in the file name,
>> but must be extracted from the file content. Shall one keep
>> get-orig-source here to be consistent, or what would be the right
>> solution here?
> get-orig-source merely isn't described by the Policy any more, it is no
> different from an arbitrary private target you have in debian/rules.

Sure, but why do we give up a common rule? I think the cases where
d/watch does not work are not so rare (at least I have quite a number of
them), and keeping them unified is not the worst thing we can do.